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For both high school and college students, learning from accredited professionals increases the likelihood of being accepted into top-ranked medical schools — participation in these programs is crucial for any prospective doctor.

Students gain real-world healthcare experience through teleshadowing

By Aleydis Barnes May 7, 2021

Junior Asra Shaikh's pen darts across her notebook page, jotting down information on metastatic breast cancer. Shaikh listens to Dr. Mary DeShields, the medical director of oncology at the University of...

Hundreds of Whitman students receive rejection letters during their senior year, but social media often portrays a different message. Instagram account

“@WhitmanRejections” normalizes college rejections

By Defne Aslan May 6, 2021

“We regret to inform you that we are unable to offer you a place in our first year class,” said every college ever. Most high school seniors are faced with this gut-wrenching message at least once...

Junior Ian Sincevich strums his guitar while creating a beat in his house. Guitars and keyboards are two common instruments incorporated into modern beats.

Pandemic producers: ‘Making beats’ gains popularity among students

By John McGowan May 3, 2021

Instead of staying out late with friends or working on homework like a typical high school student, junior Henry Cheetham sits in his room, glued to his computer. He spends all night making phone calls...

Junior Katie Sklaire holds up a Made by Katie S logo sticker that she decaled using Cricut.

Crafting custom cups: Made By Katie S finds success online

By Sasha Blake April 19, 2021

Twelve reusable venti Starbucks cups line junior Katie Sklaire’s desk, right next to a brightly colored spreadsheet. A growing list of orders and addresses crowd her notes — an early sign that it’s...

Three seniors, including Olivia Eisenberg (left), sit in a Spanish classrooms. They are the only students for that class who are learning in-person that week.

Back into the classrooms: three seniors recount the first day of in-person school

By Matt Eisner April 16, 2021

On Thursday morning, senior Joseph Kaplan rolled out of bed, got dressed and began his daily routine. It had been over a year since Kaplan had last stepped foot inside the Whitman building, and he wanted...

Juniors Hana O'Looney (left) and Henry Kaye (right) are the finalists in this year's SMOB election. Both candidates attend Richard Montgomery High School.

Get to know this year’s SMOB finalists

By Skylar Chasen April 11, 2021

This year, high stakes surround the Student Member of the Board of Education election; pressing issues such as reopening schools, reallocating MCPS’ budget and searching for a new superintendent are...

Advocates gather during the student-led Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bethesda on June 2. Since the protest, many students'

‘More than just an incident’: One year after initial racist graffiti, community continues to push against prejudice

By Lily Freeman April 1, 2021

When senior Tatiana Johnson reflected on her time at Whitman before the building closed last March, she said felt classmates sometimes labeled her “loud and Black” during conversations. In her classes,...

Students have experienced a year of lockdowns, losses and self-reflection.

Students reflect on one year of quarantine

By Skylar Chasen March 21, 2021

The date is Thursday, March 12. You just heard a loudspeaker announcement that school will be canceled for two weeks. Your friends are excitedly planning brunches and sleepovers, and filling the calendar...

Leadership has been working hard all year to keep school spirit alive and raise money for well-deserving causes in the midst of a pandemic.

FebMar charity events adapt to virtual school year

By Skylar Chasen March 20, 2021

Every February, Whitman’s Student Government Association hosts Vike-A-Thon: a charity dance that raises money for Children’s National Hospital. During the event, Whitman students dress in colorful...

Over quarantine, Whitman students have picked up exciting, new hobbies.

What’s getting Whitman students through quarantine?

By Nil Özdemir March 17, 2021

A dash of seasoning. The vibration of the guitar string. One final stitch. Though quarantine may have plagued Whitman students for months, the newly-found free time has also allowed creativity to blossom...

CHIKO offers a wide variety of appetizers, entrees, and snacks, as well as vegetarian and gluten free menu options. I decided to order some of their most popular dishes to see if it was worth the hype. 

CHIKO brings Chinese-Korean fusion to Bethesda 

By Eve Titlebaum March 15, 2021

On the corner of Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue rests an unassuming lot, which, for years now, has perpetuated a harsh culinary cycle: churning through artisanal restaurants, all of whom have searched...

Mulan returns home to her family after a long war and adventure at the capital of China. For many, the 1998 Disney movie has become a classic favorite.

Did Mulan really exist?

By Heather Wang March 3, 2021

In middle school, I scribbled The Ballad of Mulan — the ancient Chinese folklore — again and again in my notebook until I memorized the poetry by heart. I lived in Beijing at the time, and every morning,...

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